Posts by Dave Murphy

Born in DC and a lifelong resident of the area, Dave Murphy currently resides in the Rosedale neighborhood of Ward 7 where he coaches a championship youth football team in the DC DPR League. He is an Army veteran and a medically retired DoD geographic analyst.

  • My favorite streets in DC, part 1

    Last week, I listed some of my least favorite streets in DC (part 1, part 2). But the District also has many of the finest city streets in the world. From Georgetown to Anacostia, Waterfront to Brightwood, Chevy Chase to Brookland, The Mall to the Atlas District, Washington, DC has hundreds of fascinating streets that exude the spirit of the nation and the soul of the city’s…  Keep reading…

  • My least favorite streets in DC, part 2

    Yesterday, I listed ten of my least favorite streets in DC. Here are the ten that topped the list: 10) Michigan Avenue NW/NE Michigan Avenue is born on a high speed interchange that is an affront to the Park View neighborhood, imposing on its view of the McMillian Reservoir.  From there, it separates a hospital center fit for Gaithersburg West from a prime tract of real estate…  Keep reading…

  • My least favorite streets in DC, part 1

    For 30 years, I have been walking, driving, and riding the streets of the District of Columbia. For the most part, they are among the best in the country. But no city is perfect, and DC certainly is no exception. Here are 20 streets that I find to be dirty, ugly, unsafe, traffic-choked, under utilized, or just plain not doing what they are supposed to be doing. I chose to forgo the interstates,…  Keep reading…

  • Can MARC serve Fort Meade?

    Fort Meade is a transit black hole with growing traffic and horrible parking. I worked on Fort Meade for the better part of a decade. It made me hate commuting more than any Beltway traffic ever did. It is virtually impossible to get there without a car, and the parking is years of expansion beyond critical mass. The disastrous runoff and increasing traffic are wreaking havoc on the…  Keep reading…

  • Imagine an infill station at Lamond-Riggs

    Northern DC has a huge swath of relatively dense, urbanized areas with little direct access to Metro, including the Petworth, 16th Street Heights, Brightwood, Manor Park, and Lamond Riggs neighborhoods. The reason for this situation is the lack of any line running underneath Georgia Avenue, which once had a streetcar. There are commercial corridors along this route on Georgia…  Keep reading…

  • Should the federal government snowproof Metro?

    Most federal employees are now in their fourth consecutive day without work. It costs $100 million per day in lost productivity to shut down the federal government.   Keep reading…

  • Superblocks near Metro, Part 1: Prince George’s

    Sprawl development comes with many impersonal, mobility-limiting, traffic inducing accouterments. Seven lane roads, grass berms, curb cuts, enormous setbacks, corporate drive-thru fast food restaurants, strip malls… the list is long and ugly. But perhaps the most basic symptom of poorly thought-out suburban planning is in the street grid: the superblock. Superblocks…  Keep reading…

  • Imagine a streetcar on Alabama Avenue

    DDOT’s streetcar vision reaches all eight wards across DC and includes several lines in River East, but still misses many neighborhoods that could soon become the best opportunities for walkable development. River East has experienced a great deal of suburban-style development in the recent past. Affordable housing is often not accessible to the six Metro stations…  Keep reading…

  • Is a Green Line extension wise?

    Commenters raised a variety of objections to the possibility of extending the Green Line to Fort Meade, as Prince George’s County is proposing. Some argued that the corridor was not viable to support Metro, it was already served by the Camden Line of MARC, and that it’s too far away from the city. For full disclosure, I am employed at Fort Meade, and I was stationed there…  Keep reading…

  • Imagine the Green Line to Fort Meade

    On Monday night, Prince George’s County voted on its transportation master plan update, including a recommendation to extend the Green Line to Fort Meade. The master plan calls for creating, extending, or widening several highways throughout the county, greenfield development outside the Beltway, and some other Cold War-era fixes to Prince George’s transportation…  Keep reading…

  • Baltimore needs central transit, not Yellow Line extension

    Thursday’s breakfast links included a troubling article: the Central Maryland Transit Alliance wants to prioritize extending Baltimore’s Yellow Line light rail to Columbia over extending the Green Line subway to White Marsh. I can’t even begin to express how dumb of an idea this is.  Keep reading…

  • Youth sports and the automobile

    It’s August, the time of year where I return to my favorite volunteer activity: coaching youth football in Silver Spring. Youth sports, despite my lack of athletic prowess, were a big part of my childhood and were probably the only thing that kept me reaching the age of 20 with any semblance of physical conditioning. To a suburban child, youth sports will offer exercise and teach…  Keep reading…

  • A fine line: Langley Park’s planned redevelopment

    It’s rare that an area so physically suburban already possesses the people element of a thriving urban center. It might be counterintuitive to think that improving transit to such an area could negatively impact that vibrancy. But this is the threat Prince George’s redevelopment plan around poses to Langley Park. The Purple Line will bring positive effects to the community,…  Keep reading…

  • Imagine a separate Yellow Line

    Naturally, the terrible crash on the Red Line has generated a great deal of press attention and discussion. Had this been a nasty pile-up on the Beltway, we would probably would have stopped talking about it by now, and it certainly never would have been international news. The fact that service disruptions continue on the Red Line is another reminder of this horrible accident. After…  Keep reading…

  • Speed limits don’t match road designs

    The trip from my house to the Beltway follows several major roads. Route 1 has narrow lanes, no median, and buildings close to the street, while others like Ritz Way sport generous medians and huge “clear zones” at the sides. However, the speed limits bear no relationship to the design of the roads. To the contrary, the high limits on Route 1 encourage dangerous speeding, while Ritz Way…  Keep reading…

  • Transit to the Eastern Shore?

    BeyondDC recommends a transit link, such as an express bus lane, over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to Ocean City. Like many other residents of the DC area, I would love to take the train to the shore, saving the trouble of driving and parking to enjoy a weekend on the beach. It would be even better to bring commuter rail (such as MARC) to the Eastern Shore if it were ever feasible to do so. Cities…  Keep reading…

  • Hyattsville: the next Bethesda, or the next River Terrace?

    Hyattsville has seen a great deal of promising development in the last few years. The crown jewel, the Hyattsville Arts District, has inspired the moniker “the new Bethesda,” insinuating good houses, potential for retail, and transit access. It’s one place in Prince George’s County where elements of transit oriented development are starting to flourish.  Keep reading…

  • Prince George’s transportation plan, part 2: transit alignments old and new

    Part 1 looked at road, pedestrian and bicycle improvements in Prince George’s Preliminary Countywide Master Plan of Transportation. The plan also evaluates the county’s many railways, identifying numerous proposals for expansion.   Keep reading…

  • Prince George’s transportation plan, part 1: More sidewalks, more roads

    Traffic mounts up on Prince George’s County highways. Transit stations experience neglect and underuse. Pedestrian injuries and fatalities rank among the highest the region. Amid these growing needs and problems, county planners have released their Preliminary Countywide Master Plan of Transportation. This plan takes some major steps toward improving notoriously…  Keep reading…

  • Wheeler Terrace: a step in the right direction in River East

    East of the Anacostia River lie beautiful neighborhoods like Deanwood, Anacostia, and Bellevue, full of historic houses and tree-lined streets. They’re also DC’s poorest wards. There’s no shortage of land to be developed, and plans like those for Poplar Point and Benning (PDF) have slowly but surely shifted focus across the river to areas that were previously…  Keep reading…

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